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A 9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Killed Her Gun Instructor With an Uzi in Arizona

A young girl sporting pink shorts and a long braid fatally shot her gun instructor on Monday, after the weapon she was firing recoiled in her hands. Charles Vacca, 39, died at a Las Vegas hospital that night.

The 9-year-old child, whose name has not been released, was on vacation with her parents when they stopped by a gun range. The range allows children as young as 8 to shoot weapons, provided that they are accompanied by an adult.


The Dreamers Have Destroyed the Republican Immigration Strategy

After the 2012 election, Marco Rubio tried to craft himself as the leader of a pro-immigration-reform Republican Party. That effort has capsized, pulling Rubio’s standing with conservatives down along with it. Now Rubio is refashioning himself as the leader of a restrictionist Republican Party. The new Rubio can be seen talking tough with conservative publications like the Washington Examiner and Breitbart, and wooing right-wing audiences in South Carolina. The newest iteration of Rubio is the opposite of the figure he and party leaders envisioned last year. The transformation ought to terrify them.


NYPD Union Beefs Against Mayor de Blasio Over ‘Squeegee People’ and the 2016 DNC

While the mayor works to sell Democrats on hosting the 2016 convention in the endlessly hip (but also diverse!) borough of Brooklyn, one publicity-hungry police union is doing their damnedest to undermine him. Where de Blasio sees kale and progressive racial harmony, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, like the New York Post, sees “squeegee people” and “anti-safety agitators.” Hillary Clinton, they more or less claim, would not be safe here.


Time Warner Went Out Across the Country This Morning

Widely loathed and currently metastasizing corporate behemoth Time Warner Cable disappointed thousands of customers at the same time today as cable and internet crashed from coast to coast. “At 4:30 a.m. ET this morning during our routine network maintenance, an issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services,” said TWC in a statement. “As of 6:00 a.m. ET services were largely restored as updates continue to bring all customers back online.” But that didn’t stop people from complaining to the best of their ability!

The Hoboken Shop Where Old Knicks Jerseys Go to Die

All the way in the back of the Hoboken shop Cheap Maggie's, past the dresses and the flip-flops and the men's shirts, hang rack after rack of Knicks and Rangers jerseys. That in and of itself isn't too unusual, but the selection of players is: There are no Carmelo Anthony or Iman Shumpert jerseys here, no uniforms with the names of Rangers stars like Henrik Lundqvist or Ryan McDonagh. Instead, browsing the racks turns up Jason Kidd's number 5, Marcus Camby's number 23, and Steve Novak's number 16. Meanwhile, the dozens of Rangers jerseys — a mix of home, road, and alternate uniforms, in adult sizes down to infant ones — all bear the same name and number: Marian Gaborik's number 10. Those players, as you may have noticed, all have something in common: None of them plays in New York any longer.


A Pew Report Shows How Facebook and Twitter Limit Political Debate

“Well, what I think it's doing is giving everyone a voice, right?” Mark Zuckerberg told ABC News in 2010, referring to the social network he founded. “So, back, you know, a few generations ago, people didn't have a way to share information and express their opinions efficiently to a lot of people. But now they do. Right now, with social networks and other tools on the internet, all of these 500 million people have a way to say what they're thinking and have their voice be heard.”


What Each Side Gained in the Gaza Cease-fire Deal

The situation in Gaza remained peaceful in the first 12 hours since a long-term cease-fire officially went into effect at 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday. However, as both sides begin to take stock, it seems little was gained in the 50-day conflict, and much of the deal has yet to be hashed out. Ultimately, the war left 64 Israeli soldiers and six civilians dead, and killed 2,139 Palestinians, including 490 children.

Israel said it succeeded in severely weakening Hamas and destroying the group's tunnels across its border, but the mood there remained fairly somber after the deal was announced. Meanwhile, Hamas declared victory and people filled the streets to celebrate. "We have mixed feelings," Gaza teacher Ahmed Awf told Reuters as he headed to the festivities holding his 2-year-old son. "We are in pain for the losses but we are also proud we fought this war alone and we were not broken."

A similar deal was offered one week into the conflict. »

Journalist Held Hostage in Syria Is Back in the U.S.

Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old American journalist held hostage in Syria since October 2012, was finally reunited with his family on Tuesday night. Curtis was released by Al Nusra Front, the Syria rebel group with ties to Al Qaeda, on Sunday after the government of Qatar brokered his release. Curtis met his mother, Nancy Curtis, in Boston's Logan International Airport after flying out of Tel Aviv and catching a connecting flight in Newark. "I have been so touched and moved, beyond all words, by the people who have come up to me today — strangers on the airplane, the flight attendants and, most of all, my family to say welcome home," he said in a statement.

Nancy Curtis said it was still "a somber occasion," after James Foley's death. »

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